18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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Lima
— 3 nights
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Arequipa
— 3 nights
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Cusco
— 5 nights
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Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
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Lima

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lima itinerary maker app.

Medellin, Colombia to Lima is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Medellin in July, plan for little chillier days in Lima, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Arequipa

— 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, Arequipa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Cusco

— 5 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 24th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take a stroll through San Blas, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and hike along exploor.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco online trip maker.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cusco when traveling from Arequipa in July, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Ollantaytambo

— 3 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Get out of town with these interesting Ollantaytambo side-trips: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras), Peruprofundo Adventure (in Calca) and Iglesia San Martin de Tours (in Huarocondo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda del Chalan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu.

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Getting from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Machu Picchu

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, soothe aching muscles at Natura Spa Healing Hands, admire the natural beauty at Mandor, and look for gifts at Mapi Art.

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You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for home on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.